An Overview of the
Marissa's Reef Project
The Shark's first granddaughter Marissa Reyes, was lost suddenly to a flash flood in Carefree, Arizona on August 9, 2005, at the tender age of seven. This tragic event became the root passion for the CBO Foundation, and shifted his personal focus from purely business to design and build his most passionate legacy project - “Marissa’s Reef For Heavenly Helpers Memorial”.
Marissa would have turned 21 this year, and The Shark's determination to build Marissa's Reef, has only grown since her death. This project has driven many of his business ventures over the years, which were designed mainly to help fund its construction.
Our Founder/President, through his company the AngelPreneur Venture Group (APVG), plans to build the Maui Aquarium Resort & Conference Center, which will also include the CBO Foundation Global Campus in West Maui, Hawaii.
The Aquarium Plaza Resort development, a mixed-use hotel, retail and office complex
will feature a 400 all luxury suite hotel that will host the Marissa's Reef For Heavenly Helpers Memorial exhibit as its signature public attraction, free to the general public.
Although Marissa's Reef will continue to be funded mostly by the success of his APVG ventures, the CBFoundation, will help drive its completion through its own fund-raising efforts. It will establish a 501 c(3) Tax exempt trust to help fund the actual tank construction and installation, fish stick and related ongoing operations through private and corporate contributors.
The Shark originally set-out to build his Marissa's Reef project on the Island of Maui, Hawaii, in 2006, and planned to retire there by 2020. Over the years, he considered and researched building it in other locations, including Las Vegas, Nevada,
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, several Caribbean locations, Vancouver, Canada and Santa Barbara, California, and more recently the Port of Ponce, in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In late 2018, The Shark decided to restructure his venture portfolio, and planned to
semi-retire to Maui in 2020, to base the CBO Foundation there and seek to build his
project. He developed the rendering seen
here for Marissa’s Reef designed to be a
free public aquatic memorial exhibit, and
signature attraction within the proposed
mixed-use resort, office and commercial
project called the Maui Aquarium Plaza
Resort & Golf Resort. One that will also
incorporate the CBO Foundation offices,
Tropical Reef Research Center and the
Now he is considering Ponce, Puerto Rico as
a better and more development friendly
location option and has started to restructure
his business plan to move there.
The exhibit has undergone several designs over the years, but now features a 100-foot round saltwater aquarium that stands 80’ feet tall, with a full walk-through tunnel below it. This aquarium tank will feature an amazing tropical reef formation within its center called Marissa’s Reef. There will be six rows of stadium-like seating around one half of its entire clear acrylic wall, to allow for viewing by the public of the tank, plus nearby islands and our famous Maui sunsets.
At first, The Shark intended to build this memorial project to honor only Marissa’s life, but later he elected to showcase the 200,000 or more reef fish needed to fill the tank as SpiritFish. The SpiritFish program will allow parents or family members of a child lost due to natural or weather related disasters; like flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes or fires to name a reef fish after their lost child to serve as their SpiritFish.
The family then releases their personal SpiritFish into the Sea-of-Angels to live among "Marissa’s Reef" for all eternity. Through this program SpiritFish become the collective ambassadors for our oceans, showcasing that regardless of color, sex, race, religion or nationality they can coexist in peace and harmony on the reef. They serve as an example of what we humans should all do in our own daily lives.
Parents or family members will also be able to upload photos, video clips and other details about their lost Spiritfish to the SpiritFish Memorial Website, which can be viewed by visitors onsite or from home, or be password protected to allow only family members access this content.
Visitors will be able to view this MUST VISIT - one-of-a-kind-global-attraction in person, however, everyone will be able to view it from the comfort of wherever they may be via a series of underwater web cams. We will also feature a number of web cams of the resort and sunset views to entice new visitors to come to Maui.
Although The Shark has multiple diversified business interests and investments, they were all designed to help him fund this project and his CBO Foundation efforts long-term. We welcome your support in making this project a reality.
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest public aquariums in the world. This video shares its main attraction with you to music. Enjoy the journey to the underwater world.
Proposed site for the the Marissa's Reef aquarium exhibit at the Ponce waterfront in Puerto Rico, to include a cruise ship terminal, hotel and casino when built.
West Maui is most famous for Lahaina Town
and its historic whalers village, yacht harbor, banyan tree and front street shops and restaurants. This video share Lahaina.